7 strokes
grow late, night watch, sit up late, of course, renew, renovate, again, more and more, further
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
861 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 更 【コウ】 one-fifth of the night (approx. 2 hours)
  • 更改 【コウカイ】 renewal, extension, revision
  • 中更 【チュウコウ】 middle watch, 12 midnight-2am
  • 五更 【ゴコウ】 the five night watches, fifth watch of the night (approx. 3am to 5am)

Kun reading compounds

  • 新 【さら】 new, unused, new, obvious, natural
  • 更に 【さらに】 furthermore, again, after all, more and more, moreover, even more
  • 真っさら 【まっさら】 brand new, fresh
  • 殊更 【ことさら】 intentionally, deliberately, designedly, on purpose, especially, particularly
  • 更に 【さらに】 furthermore, again, after all, more and more, moreover, even more
  • さらに困ったことに 【さらにこまったことに】 to make matters worse
  • 更ける 【ふける】 to get late, to advance, to wear on
  • 更かす 【ふかす】 to sit up late


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
geng4, geng1
gyeong, gaeng


  • renovar
  • cambiar
  • caer la noche
  • de nuevo
  • aún


  • ficar atrasado
  • horário noturno
  • certamente


  • se faire tard
  • veiller
  • de plus
  • bien sûr
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